With this week’s Comic-Con International moving online because of the coronavirus pandemic, there’s a whole world of cosplayers with a lot of creativity to show off. Since they can’t strut their stuff downtown, photographer K.C. Alfred asked them to suit up and show us their powers at various spots around San Diego County.
Sheila Noseworthy as Medusa
Sheila Noseworthy dressed as Medusa at Lake Miramar: Noseworthy took a month to make this outfit out of foam and Dollar Store finds. She has been going to Comic-Con for 10 years and says it is one of the best places to people watch, even if you don’t have a ticket. “Going in cosplay gives you a license to go chat with other cosplay people and makes you appreciate all the arts and comics,” she said.
Shawn Richter and Lisa Lower as The Mandalorian and Cara Dune with Yoda
Shawn Richter dressed as The Mandalorian and his fiancée Lisa Lower as Cara Dune with Yoda from the Disney+ series “Star Wars: The Mandalorian” at Balboa Park: Richter has been going to Comic-Con for 11 years. His outfit is partly handmade and 3D printed. Lower has been going to Comic-Con for seven years. The two do charity events in cosplay.
Matt Mullis as Captain America
Matt Mullis dressed as Captain America near the USS Midway Museum: Mullis has been to Comic-Con the last two years. After ordering the suit, he made custom modifications with stars and stripes along with making it look weathered. The first time he went to Comic-Con, his outfit was well received at a Marvel cosplay contest.
Colleen Rodriguez as Marvel’s Thor
Colleen Rodriguez dressed as Marvel’s Thor in the Gaslamp Quarter: Rodriguez had her outfit made out of cotton, super suede and is 3D printed. She has been going to Comic-Con for six years, four years as a vendor.
Shane Holly as Spartan 2296
Shane Holly dressed as Spartan 2296 from the video game Halo aboard the Flagship Cruises Cabrillo in San Diego Bay: Holly spent two years working on this 3D-printed and fabricated outfit. He has been to every Comic-Con since 1997. His favorite one was the first time he took his daughter, and they cosplayed together. They have been doing it together for eight years.
Tita Ghanjanasak as Harley Quinn
Tita Ghanjanasak dressed as Harley Quinn at the San Diego State University Transit Station: Ghanjanasak has been going to Comic-Con for four years. Her favorite thing to see? “Game of Thrones” cosplay.
Dean LeCrone as Dr. Artemus Peepers
Dean LeCrone dressed as Dr. Artemus Peepers, a Steampunk hero, at the Oceanside Pier: This would have been his 30th year attending Comic-Con. LeCrone, who is a cartoonist, said his favorite year was 2016 when he won the Sci-Fi Channel’s Weirdly Awesome Costume Contest.
Justin Wu as Bumblebee
Justin Wu wears his B-127 costume, also known as Bumblebee from the Transformer series, next to his custom Camaro: Wu spent six months preparing this cosplay setup. It’s made out of foam and has mechanical parts and electrical wiring for lights and sound, which he was going to debut at this year’s Comic-Con. Although disappointed this year’s Comic-Con was canceled, all is not lost: He uses the outfit for charity work visiting children with disabilities and cancer at hospitals. Next Comic-Con, he jokes will be even bigger and better as he adds family members to his Autobot crew. He has also gone as Captain America, Batman, Kylo Ren and Ironman.
Galdino Sanchez as a Stormrrooper and Lance Mah as Darth Vader
Galdino Sanchez is a Stormtrooper, and Lance Mah is Darth Vader, shown here next to a replica Neil Armstrong suit at the San Diego Air & Space Museum: Sanchez, whose outfit is made out of ABS plastic, has been going to Comic-Con for 23 years. Mah, who has been going for two years, made his outfit out of fiberglass, wool and plastic. The two say they have no problem with Comic-Con being canceled this year, and people’s health and well-being outweigh everything else.
SDCC’s 51st year was changed by the pandemic. Now the organization is in uncharted territory: Going online and making it free.